Have you reached a mountain biking plateau? If you’re ready to take your mountain bike skills to the next level, focus on these six ways to improve your skills.
1. RIDE ON DIFFERENT TERRAIN
Improving your mountain bike skills will happen when you diversify your riding and the types of terrain you ride on. You might have a local trail you could ride with your eyes closed, but real skills improvement happens when you challenge yourself on new trails and varying terrain. If you’re used to the slick rock of Utah, try heading north to the roots and rocky trails of British Columbia, or west to sandy California. Riding on different terrain will test your bike handling skills, balance and ability to adapt.
2. RIDE WITH MORE ADVANCED RIDERS
Join a group of riders that will make you push your limits and challenge yourself. Check out your local mountain bike club for weekly rides based on skill level. Start off on the beginner or intermediate rides and gradually push yourself to try the more advanced rides. Learning from other riders will increase your skill set and increase your cardio. Don’t get down on yourself if you’re the last one in the pack, think of it as a learning experience!